LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 23, 2004--City NationalCorporation (NYSE:CYN) today announced that pursuant to his long-termstock option exercise program, Vice Chairman and Chief ExecutiveOfficer Russell Goldsmith intends again this year to exercise and sellno more than 100,000 of his City National shares currently underoption, subject to market conditions during the course of the year.

These stock options were granted in 1995, and they expire nextyear. Mr. Goldsmith is not selling any of the City NationalCorporation stock that he currently owns.

About City National

City National Corporation is a financial services company with$13.2 billion in total assets. Its wholly owned subsidiary, CityNational Bank, is California's Premier Private and Business Bank(R).The bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 53offices, including 12 full-service regional centers, in SouthernCalifornia, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. The companyand its affiliates also manage or administer more than $30 billion inclient trust and investment assets.

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